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Christian Dior dismisses John Galliano


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March 1, 2011/22.15


Christian Dior, in the wake of creative director John Galliano’s anti-Semitic comments on a video released to the Murdoch Press, has launched proceedings to lay him off. The British-born designer has effectively been fired.
   The company described Galliano’s reference to the Holocaust and his admiration for Adolf Hitler in a drunken rant captured by a customer of La Perle, a Paris restaurant, as ‘particularly odious’.
   Sidney Toledano, chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture, and who is of the Jewish faith, said in a statement, ‘I condemn with the greatest conviction the statements made by John Galliano, which are in total contradiction to the core values that have long been defended by the house of Christian Dior.’
   Galliano had already been suspended on Friday. The sacking takes place days before Galliano was due to show his autumn–winter 2011–12 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
   The company says the show, at the Rodin Museum, will still take place on Friday.
   Earlier on Tuesday, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, the face of Miss Dior Chérie, had severed her ties with Galliano in a statement.


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